Ballhawk who caught A-Rod's 3,000 hit is making a 'wish list' for Yankees

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Zack Hample, the notorious ballhawk who caught A-Rod's 3,000 hit, has changed his tune a bit and now says he may turn the ball over to the New York Yankees. That is, if the club meets his list of "wishes."

A-Rod became the 29th member of the 3,000 hit club last Friday, when he launched a home run off Justin Verlander. The whole getting-the-ball-back thing would have been much easier had A-Rod just doubled into the gap. But Hample grabbed the home-run ball and immediately said he wouldn't give it to A-Rod. His quote at the time was, "I think that someone like Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez, who has made half a billion dollars in his career, doesn't really need a favor from a normal civilian and a fan like me."

Hample is perhaps the most famous ballhawk out there. He's authored books about what he does and is said to have caught more than 8,000 balls at MLB games over the years. Not everyone is a fan, however, as he's been accused of pushing kids out of the way to catch his balls. He denies that.

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Nonetheless, it appears the Year of the Ransom continues in baseball. We've seen the Cleveland Indians have fun with sending ransom notes between teammates for milestone balls. We doubt that Hample is asking the Yankees for a 50 gallon drum of lube (but, hey, you never know). 

He talked to NJ.com's Brendan Kuty, spelling out the current situations with the A-Rod ball and how he's asking the Yankees for a donation to Pitch In For Baseball as well as some other unnamed items:

Hample, 37, of Manhattan, said his chief concern is that the Yankees make a sizable donation to a charity he's worked with for years. He didn't specify how much he wants the team to give.

Hample added that he's also fashioning a wish list for himself, but that he doesn't plan to "go overboard" with it.

"I would still say anything is possible at this point, but I'm trying to make things work with the Yankees," he said.

Meanwhile, watching Hample's Twitter account has been fun. He clashed with ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews then begged A-Rod to follow him.

It would be hilarious if A-Rod responded and said, "I think that someone like Zack Hample, who has caught 8,000 balls in his career, doesn't really need a Twitter favor from a baseball player like me."

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